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The Maines Brothers Band, 2015: (from left, standing) Kenny Maines, Steve Maines, Lloyd Maines, Donnie Maines, Jerry Brownlow; (from left, kneeling) Carey Banks, Richard Bowden, Randy Brownlow (Photo by T.G. Caraway)
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The Maines Boys are back in town As the Maines Brothers Band prepares for its 50th anniversary reunion concert this weekend in Hub City, Kenny Maines reflects on the legendary Lubbock band’s enduring appeal and back catalog.

By Thomas D. Mooney The ’70s and ’80s were boom times for the West Texas music scene, with songwriters and bandleaders like Joe Ely, Butch …

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Sarah Jarosz (Photo by Scott Simontacchi)
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In Profile: Sarah Jarosz The Grammy-nominated songwriter and musician on swimming against the current and writing "down to the marrow"

By j. poet “Since I graduated from college, I’ve developed a deeper awareness of what a song can be and a stronger sense of where …

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Artist Q&A's

Aaron Watson (Photo by Joseph Llanes)
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Q&A: Aaron Watson The “Underdog” country music sensation talks about his new album, “Vaquero,” staying the course, keeping the faith, sticking to his independent Texas roots, and why he’s not bothered when some folks call him an up-and-comer after 18 years and more than a dozen releases.

By Mike Ethan Messick In the last decade and a half of independent Texas country music, few artists have been as steadfast and reliable as …

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Q&A: Tift Merritt The North Carolina songwriter on moving forward, coming home, working with Sam Beam and His Golden Messenger, and writing "Stitch of the World"

By Scott Schinder Tift Merritt’s sixth studio album, Stitch of the World, finds the North Carolina-bred singer-songwriter-guitarist delivering some of her most potent country-soul songcraft …

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Jeremy Plato takes the wheel on the Departed's new album, "In Retrospect." (Photo courtesy Cody Canada and the Departed)
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Q&A: Jeremy Plato of the Departed With the new country covers album “In Retrospect,” the Red Dirt bassist steps into the frontman spotlight

By Kelly Dearmore Cody Canada and the Departed have been through quite a few changes since their debut just five years ago. They introduced themselves …

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Q&A: Robert Earl Keen The king of the Texas-Americana music hill talks about his new double-album “Live Dinner Reunion,” his love of bluegrass and bubbly pilsners, and his current obsession with crafting the perfect 90-second song.

By Mike Ethan Messick Few artists are as central to the birth and sustenance of a music scene as Robert Earl Keen is to the …

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